News in brief: Benefits of carbon tax repeal

Benefits of carbon tax repeal

Hughes MP Craig Kelly said the recent Senate vote to repeal the carbon tax was a win for local families and small businesses.

He said scrapping the carbon tax would save the average household about $550 a year, including about $200 on the average household electricity bill and about $70 on the average gas bill.

"This will reduce cost of living pressures for all Australians," Mr Kelly said.

"The Government's consumer watchdog, the ACCC, has been given extra funding and powers to ensure that savings are passed on to consumers."

Park's official opening

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun will officially open Prestons' Havard Park this Sunday.

The newly revamped park, which is located between Kurrajong Road and Braidwood Drive, had $430,000 worth of renovations.

New features of the park include an outdoor fitness circuit and a new children's play equipment, seating, pathways and planted areas.

Cr Mannoun said that the project was made a reality after close consultation with residents on their views on the renovation.

The council is hosting a free sausage sizzle at the opening from 11am.

Details: liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Local writer published

A new book that reflects the diversity of people living in Sydney features Liverpool writer Luke Carman.

Carman's story shows the violence that he faced when he tried to get his cousin out of an asylum.

Carman is also known for his book An Elegant Young Man and for his play Three Jerks.

One of the books' editors Michael Mohammed Ahmad said that the Stories of Sydney revealed a shift in Australian consciousness.

"This book displays the complexity in which we can finally begin to experience Australian literature," he said. "It is a combination of voices, Indigenous, migrant, refugee and European side by side."

Details: sweatshop.ws.

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